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Stefan Paulus - Altering Realities


Published December 14, 2013


Stefan_Paulus-Altering_Realities.pngOnce when mixing live on the radio, I got a call from a listener:

disembodied voice: "I understand what you are doing."

me: "What's that?"

disembodied voice: "Communicating directly with the subconscious."

I thought, well, that's exactly right. "Altering Realities" by Stefan Paulus reminds me of that late night phone call.

This record is about the impressions and the imaginations of the phenomena of hypnagogic consciousness and oneiric conditions. The sounds are a protocol or more a psychogeographical reconstruction of these images, pictures, altering realities which can be reached through methods of lucid dreaming and other psychical and body practices. The method of wake initiated lucid dreaming involves entering a lucid dream state directly from waking consciousness. The method of a dream initiated lucid dream helps to trigger a lucid dream while unconscious sleep. The Hypnagogic state is then is the experience of the transitional consciousness which can appear with auditive, visual and tactile hallucinations...

Recorded in Ubud, Indonesia; during a Hindu-Dharma-Procession, on the artic Kola Peninsula in Russia and Hamburg, Germany.

About the artist:

Stefan Paulus is an experimental artist hailing from Hamburg, Germany. His sounds are influenced by electroacoustic, intuitive, concrete and “kraut” music. Most of the sounds are collected through field recordings done during what Guy Debord describes as “psychogeography”. He finds his compositions are inspired by the works of William S. Burroughs, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.


"We are not in the world; we become with the world; we become by contemplating it. Everything is vision, becoming. We become universes. Becoming animal, plant, molecular, becoming zero. This is true of all the arts ... Art does not have opinions. Art undoes the triple organization of perceptions, affections and opinions in order to substitute a monument composed of percepts, affects, and blocs of sensations that takes the place of language. It is about listening..."

--Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, What is philosophy? (1996)


Notes

Buddhist on Fire releases dark ambient, experimental, field recordings, sound collage. Live shows from the Sadayatana Podcast and projects from The Chestnut Tree are also featured. Everything is released using a Creative Commons license.

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